THE LOOKOUT—-smartly written, directed and acted crime drama from 2007 features a standout job from Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead, and strong backups from Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, Isla Fisher and Greg Dunham (as a chill-inducing creep). After a car crash leaves him brain damaged, ‘Chris Pratt’ (Levitt) gets a janitor job in a bank. Scumbag ‘pals’ move in to take advantage.
Despite good reviews, the $16,000,000 noirish hustler only walked away with $5,372,000 from audiences unaware that the nifty woe-wrapper deserved better. 99 minutes moves along apace, with Carla Gugino, Bruce McGill, Alberta Watson, Sergio Di Zio and Alex Borstein. Direction & script of the layered characters can credit Scott Frank.